What does it mean to really take care of yourself? Despite what our Instagram feeds convey, it doesn’t require a spa day, yoga retreat, or juice cleanse. At its core, self-care is about recharging and reducing stress. It’s a way to revive your mental and emotional energy and recommit to knowing your self-worth. Neglecting these regular moments of self-care will eventually leave us feeling drained, burned out, anxious… or all of the above!

Since life may never get less busy, it’s time to embrace everyday moments of self-care. There’s no reason to wait for a spa day or vacation to get re-centered and rejuvenated when I can seize the day and take care of myself right now.

As much as we may want to take better care of ourselves, there’s a big difference between knowing how important it is and actually following through on making it a part of our daily lives. Scroll on for 5 simple ways to incorporate self-care into your routine so you can wake up and live #likeyoumeanit every single day.

Acknowledge Your Emotions

The best way to really be there for the people you love? Make sure you’re dealing with your own emotions and issues. Self-care is essential to your mental health and wellness, and taking time to listen to what you need and addressing it doesn’t make you selfish, it makes you strong.

Take time to process negative feelings –don’t rush through them or ignore them altogether. Acknowledging your feelings can slow you down and help you think more rationally.

Learn to Say No

It can be tough, but setting limits on your time can help you deal with feelings of anxiety, stress, and irritability from taking on too much. Your emotional energy gets depleted by doing too much for too long without a break: by ignoring the signs of burnout and by sacrificing priorities like exercise and relationships because you’re “just too busy”. I’ve found that letting these things go in favor of my to-do list only makes the emotional load heavier.

By practicing self-care and prioritizing our needs, we give ourselves a chance to step away and breathe, avoiding burnout. Instead of meeting friends for dinner, maybe you need a hot bath or a solo yoga class. Brew some hot tea and leisurely read a novel for an hour without any distractions. And remember that it’s not just physical energy and stamina that are threatened by doing too much for too long; it’s also our focus, mental clarity, and productivity.

Treat Yourself Daily

Instead of designating one day a week for that “cheat meal” or guilty pleasure, do something every day that just makes you happy. As a sweets lover, I’ve learned that having a few bites every day leaves me and my sweet tooth completely satisfied. I take way more pleasure from treating myself to one high-quality piece of chocolate and fully savoring it, instead of mindlessly downing a bag of candy on my designated “treat day.”

Other ways I like to treat myself daily? Pouring a glass of red wine while watching Bravo on a Tuesday, listening to a funny podcast on my morning walk that doesn’t have anything to do with work or self improvement, or reading a totally captivating novel before bed. They key to these daily treats is that they’re for no other reason than making you happy — and that you do them wholeheartedly, without feeling like you’re wasting time or should be doing something more “productive” instead.

Nourish Your Body

Regular exercise and nourishing meals lead to increased energy, happiness, and health. Maybe you wake up 30 minutes earlier to cook a healthy breakfast or go for a short jog before work. Or, spend some time meal prepping on Sunday to ensure you have healthy food at-the-ready, and to take to the office for lunch throughout the week. These simple lifestyle adjustments can make a dramatic difference in how you look, feel, and process emotions.

Get Quiet

Sitting down to meditate, journal, or pray for even just a few minutes a day has a whole list of scientifically-proven health benefits. Carving out 10-20 minutes to get quiet and focus your attention inward can help boost resilience and emotional wellbeing when presented with stressful situations throughout the day.

You can try deep breathing exercises, repeating a mantra, or if you’re anything like me and find yourself antsy and distracted just sitting there, download a meditation app to help you focus. I’ve tried a few, and lately I’m digging Headspace as it provides short, guided sessions that I can tune into quickly whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed.

23 comments
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    Carolyn | March 1, 2019 at 8:47 am

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    • Camille Styles | March 1, 2019 at 11:18 am

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    Dean Wolpert | March 2, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    Loved this article.
    Doing many of these suggestions on a drizzly Saturday!!!
    Thanks!!!

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    Julia | March 10, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    Such a lovely post, especially to wind down on a Sunday. Treating yourself daily is great, because every single day we do so much for work and for others, that we also need to do at least one thing for ourselves. Doing a yoga video before bed is one of my favourite ways of doing that 🙂

    Julia x
    Last Post: Five Things You Should Stop Feeling Guilty About | https://juliaspeaksbeauty.blogspot.com/2019/03/five-things-you-should-stop-feeling.html

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    Genya | March 13, 2019 at 4:08 am

    Great post my dear! I really have to work on my self care… I don’t really know how to say no, so I end up going out even if I need some rest and time for myself haha…
    XO
    http://www.lifeofmissg.com

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    Stephanie Yee | March 14, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    Where is your gorgeous wood bath try from?

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    Rachel | March 19, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    Definitely something I need to pay more attention to. Especially the last one! Reading this blog makes me REALLY want a bath that I can relax in. Definitely a deal-maker/breaker when buying a house!
    https://rachelinwanderland.com/

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    Elisabeth Hayes | April 8, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    These are such amazing tips! I am all about wellness and really love how easy these ideas are to incorporate into daily life.

    xo, Elisabeth
    https://www.athomewithelisabeth.com

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    Jessy | April 18, 2019 at 8:41 am

    these are such great tips!! i find that taking time just to yourself really helps :p

    dorky-and-weird.blogspot.com

    Xoxo <3

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    Bruce Ruffin | May 12, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    These are great ways to relieve stress. We should also watch out for toxic peopk and environments.

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    Anna | June 28, 2019 at 9:32 am

    Some great suggestions, self-care is becoming a more prominent topic and I couldn’t be happier to see that.

    xx A. | mylondonandbeyond.wordpress.com

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    Jordan Turner | July 23, 2019 at 4:29 am

    I have been really battling with a major anxiety flare up these past few weeks, and had never tried meditation before, but sleep guided meditation is a game changer to shut off your brain before bed and really embrace that quiet time!

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    Kaelen Van Cura | August 1, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    I loved this post. I have been trying really hard to think of self-care as necessary and good. I have a tendency to overwork and beat myself when I’m not working (which does nothing but make me feel bad.)

    xoKaelen | https://darlingmarcelle.com

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    Julie | October 7, 2019 at 10:14 am

    Great post! I’m all about squeezing some self-care into the day!

    Also, I LOVE your jeans and sweater in the pictures!! Where are they from? 🙂

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    Bethany Ashlyn | December 19, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    I loved reading this! Such a great reminder for self-care each day! This year I’ve really tried to incorporate these habits but I definitely need to say no more when needed. Such a great article!

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    supal // @supaldesai_ | January 7, 2020 at 7:34 am

    Learn to say no is SO SO SO important and easier said than done! It’s something I’m definitely working on this year!

    chevrons & éclairs

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    Sarah | February 3, 2020 at 2:48 pm

    Really like this post, especially the point about acknowledging feelings. I always seem to ignore negative feelings and it always has a way of coming back to bite me!

    Sarah xo Oomph London

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    Jolien | March 6, 2020 at 1:45 am

    I’m a sweet tooth too! I had a terrible period of binge eating and feeling aweful about myself. I decided to have a more active lifestyle (not taking the bus, going for long walks with my dog every day, etc.) while eating whatever I liked. So…I stopped watching my weight and I still ate some chocolate and cookies, but the cravings were gone. Now, as a result, I am fitter than ever! So it’s more or less the same mindset.

    Lots of love,
    Jolien from http://dreamsunfolded.com

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    Jolien | March 6, 2020 at 1:46 am

    *awful

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    Jéssica Ferreira | April 4, 2020 at 4:47 pm

    great post!! ive been exercising, meditating and having me moments… like today… pajama day! hahah

    stay safe!
    Beijinhos Jessy
    https://dorky-and-weird.blogspot.com/

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    yvon | July 13, 2020 at 5:12 am

    Learning to say NO is so important!
    Such a great reminder for self-care every day!
    xoxo Yvon
    http://www.ibizabohogirl.com

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